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Why Zoom Stock Jumped on Monday

By Daniel Sparks – Aug 3, 2020 at 1:59PM

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Traders continue to pile into this videoconferencing platform specialist's stock.

What happened

Shares of Zoom Video Communications (ZM -5.05%) jumped sharply on Monday. As of 1:55 p.m. EDT, the stock was up by about 6.5%.

Those gains were likely driven by a combination of an upbeat day in the overall market and outsize strength among growth stocks like Zoom.

A group of business people videoconferencing with a woman.

Image source: Getty Images.

So what

Bullishness in the overall market on Monday had driven the S&P 500 up by 0.8% at the time of this writing. But many growth stocks were up by significantly larger percentages as traders kept betting on fast-growing technology companies during the pandemic.

Videoconferencing platform provider Zoom has impressed investors with its rapid growth during the pandemic. In its fiscal 2021 first quarter, which ended April 30, its revenue soared 169% year over year to $328.2 million due to a massive acceleration in the adoption of the Zoom platform around the world as people sheltered at home.

Now what

The stakes are high for Zoom this fiscal year. Management said it expects total revenue to land between $1.775 billion and $1.8 billion, up from just $623 million in its fiscal 2020.

Daniel Sparks has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Zoom Video Communications and recommends the following options: short August 2020 $130 calls on Zoom Video Communications. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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